Not too long ago, there was a rumor going around that Rian Johnson had a secret production codename for Star Wars: Episode VIII — a totally believable rumor, given that most major films shoot under secret titles and the practice is fairly common. Episode VIII’s codename is secret no more, as Carrie Fisher (and her insanely adorable dog, Gary Fisher) has revealed the sequel’s production title, and, like most codenames, it’s one you never would have guessed.
Sidelined though she may have been, Princess General Leia thrilled fans with Carrie Fisher’s return to the role for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and now we’ll get the opportunity to see the original Star Wars heroine in a new light. As long expected, Princess Leia will pop up on Star Wars Rebels this season, but will Carrie Fisher be along for the ride?
At age 59, Carrie Fisher has been around the block a few times. She’s appeared in her fourth ‘Star Wars’ film with ‘The Force Awakens’ earlier this month, and frankly, she’s got no patience for haters. The woman has still got it and then some; she was riotous in her guest appearance on 30 Rock a few years back and she exuded pure screen presence in every frame of The Force Awakens. So when triflin’ suckas come at the queen, she delivers justice in a swift and merciless manner, and in 140 characters or less. Clearly fed up with insults being lobbed her way concerning her appearance in the latest Star Wars picture, Fisher took to Twitter to put it down.
With the year winding up, it feels like 2015 made hot-button topics out of damn near everything, but the issue of actorly wages was among the warmest-button debates in recent months. Jennifer Lawrence was not at all pleased to learn that her male...
When you’re out promoting a movie, you’re often asked to do a lot of things, most of them pretty silly. With the amount of press the cast of Star Wars: The Force Awakens was being asked to do, there were asked to do a lot of silly things, none perhaps as silly as going on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and singing a medley of Star Wars music a cappella. But the entire cast — including Harrison Ford! — actually commits, and it actually turns out to pretty fun.
The original Star Wars was driven by nostalgia for pulp magazines, Saturday-morning serials, and a simpler era with clear-cut heroes and villains. The new Star Wars is driven by nostalgia for the original Star Wars, and a simpler era when that title evoked words like “adventure” and “excitement,” and not words like “the taxation of trade routes,” and “Jar Jar Binks.” The characters in Star Wars: The Force Awakens are all searching for something of great importance to the galaxy far, far away. I won’t reveal what this MacGuffin is, but I will tell you what it represents: that old Star Wars magic. Can director J.J. Abrams and the rest of the saga’s new creators find it?
A long time ago (last night: December 14) in a galaxy far, far away (Los Angeles), Hollywood’s biggest stars gathered for an event that could turn the universe on its axis, free moons from orbit: The premiere of Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
When it was first reported that Carrie Fisher’s daughter, Billie Lourd, would be starring alongside her mother in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, many assumed she’d be playing some version of Princess Leia, whether by flashback or archival footage. It turns out that many assumed wrong. Lourd, whose character name has yet to be revealed, says she’s not playing Princess Leia in the film, but based on this first official look at her character, she certainly bears a resemblance to the new General of The Resistance.
Carrie Fisher isn’t receiving nearly as much attention as her original Star Wars co-stars Harrison Ford and Mark Hamill, but she should be. The actress, author, screenwriter and national treasure has been making the press rounds to promote The Force Awakens, and she’s had some incredibly delightful responses to questions about Slave Leia and her weight loss.
Disney and Lucasfilm have been quite busy over the past week, dropping a Japanese trailer, the first official TV spot and lots of new images from Star Wars: The Force Awakens. And although we’ve seen more than enough to sustain our excitement until December, there’s still so much we don’t know — like why does Han Solo have to tell Finn and Rey that “the stories” were true? And why haven’t we seen Luke in the marketing? And what’s the deal with Princess Leia these days?